Horowhenua District Council completed its second assessment as part of the CouncilMARK™ local government excellence programme and received an overall rating of BB, an improvement from the last assessment in 2016, where Council got a B.

To earn a CouncilMARK™ rating, Horowhenua District Council underwent a comprehensive assessment by independent experts measuring indicators across the four priority areas:

  • governance, leadership and strategy;
  • financial decision-making and transparency;
  • service delivery and asset management; and
  • communicating and engaging with the public and business.

About the programme

The CouncilMARK™ local government excellence programme is a system designed to demonstrate and improve the value and services of councils by measuring indicators across leadership, financial decision-making, service delivery and community engagement. 

Participating councils are assessed by independent experts every three years, given an overall rating from triple AAA to C, and the results publicised. Councils will use the assessments to plan improvements. 

Find out more

Visit for the report and more information on the excellence programme.